Explore Squamish - March 23, 2021

A Squamish Local's Guide to Patio Dining

Photo: Howe Sound Brew Pub

Squamish Patio Guide

Refreshing beverages and tasty bites on a patio with an amazing view is tough to beat. In Squamish, there is no shortage of awesome patios to kick back on. Now more than ever let's support our local Squamish restaurants by visiting their patios. You can also support by ordering take-out or delivery. 

Check out your local's guide to dining al fresco:

*Please note that due to the current public health order outdoor patio dining is the only 'dine-in' option available. Due to popular demand, seating will be limited. Please be patient. You can also support our local restaurants by ordering take-out and delivery where you are able to do so. People dining on patios should be only with their immediate household or core bubble. Groups can be up to 6 people maximum. You must wear a mask when you are not seated and cannot mingle with other tables.

Some restaurants may have changed operating hours or certain menu items due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend contacting them in advance to confirm their hours and menu.

1. Largest Patio in Squamish: The Locavore Bar + Grill

Located close to mountain bike trails and the Squamish Valley Golf Course, the Locavore Bar + Grill is a convenient place to drop in and grab a wrap or sandwich and hang out after an adventurous Squamish day.

2. Best Patio for People Watching: The Copper Coil Still and Grill 

Enjoy the recently expanded patio with retractable awning at the Copper Coil Still and Grill, featuring vibrant Stawamus Chief views and lots of people-watching potential. Be sure to sample their beverage selection and Cajun dining creations, their jambalaya is a Squamish favourite dish!

3. Best Patio View of the Stawamus Chief: Howe Sound Brewing

Sit back and enjoy the view of the Stawamus Chief towering above your table. The partially covered, tree-shaded patio stays cool even on the hottest of days making it the ideal venue to order a wood-fired pizza, house burger, or fish and chips on a sunny summer day. 

4. Best Patio for a Post-Round Snack: Squamish Valley Golf Club 

Finish off a round of golf or swing by for a meal surrounded by fairway views. The massive outdoor patio features an all-weather tent so you can dine outside, even on rainy days. Kids are invited to play in the grass in front of the patio as parents savour a delicious meal. Plan your visit on a Friday for all you can eat pasta. At this time indoor seating is closed, reservations are recommended. 

Image: Squamish Valley Golf Club

 

5. Best Fine Dining Patio Experience: The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar

Stop by for a happy hour selection of craft cocktails and locally sourced menu features, while enjoying sunny downtown Squamish views. No matter which menu items you choose there is an emphasis on fresh, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients making the experience unique every time. 

6. Best Patio Entertainment: Norman Rudy's

Come for the avocado fries, stay for the lake, and mountain views facing Squamish's largest frisbee golf course. The spacious yard in front of the patio is always full of life with kids playing, and frisbee golfers having a great time. Who needs a TV when you have the great outdoors! 

7. Best Natural Patio: Fergie's Cafe

Perched at the confluence of the Cheakamus and Cheekye River, this once fishing lodge has been transformed into a local favourite eatery with one of the best views in Squamish. Sit on their heated, covered patio or enjoy their delicious eats on the expansive lawn.

Image: Darby Magill, Fergie's Cafe

8. Best Patio For Catching Rays: Saha Eatery

Expand your palate with a delicious Lebanese meal in the Squamish sunshine, the location is perfectly placed to soak up the evening sun and has terrific alpenglow views late in the day. The location is peaceful and quiet so you can focus on quality conversation while you eat. 

9. Best Intimate Patio: Pepe's Chophouse + Seafood 

Spend an evening on Pepe's, charming, candlelit patio. The cozy space boasts some of Squamish's best cocktails and the delicious restaurant is a must-visit during any stay. Seafood fans will enjoy the always fresh, Salt Spring Island Muscles or Pacific Coast Seafood Cioppino. Recommendations are recommended. 

10. Best Patio for Sipping A Brew: A-Frame Brewing

Stretch out your legs as you enjoy the 'cabin vibes' at this local brewery's relaxing patio. Grab a taco from the food truck as you sip on their latest brews, grab a growler fill and drink in the mountain views.

11. Best Sidewalk Patio: Zephyr Cafe

Take in the atmosphere of downtown Squamish on Zephyr Cafe's sidewalk patio. The bar-style seating faces towards Cleveland Avenue, Squamish's main drive and you can sip coffee and you take a gander at the many one-of-a-kind shops all around you. Popular menu items include their healthy bowls and legendary Zephyr cookies.         

12. Best New Patio: Cork & Craft Taphouse

This sun-drenched patio in Garibaldi Highlands is a great spot to relax and enjoy a craft brew or cocktail. This spot is weather dependent, but when the sun is shining it's a great place to be!

13. Best After Biking Patio: Backcountry Brewing

Come for the beer, stay for the pizza, laugh at the beer names. It's always a good time at this local brewery, now with a new extended patio perfect for your end-of-day cheers after a dusty day on the trails.

14. Best Patio for Sipping Mimosas: The Crabapple Cafe

In the heart of the vibrant neighbourhood of Brackendale, this quaint cafe features a quiet, sunny backyard patio just perfect for sipping mimosas. Their health-focused breakfast, brunch and lunch menu is a crowd-pleasing delight, a must-visit early afternoon treat in Squamish.

Image: @tara_explores

12. Best Hidden Gem: The Backyard

Located at the base of the Valleycliffe Mountain Bike Zone, this local eatery could not be any closer to the trails. The recently expanded outdoor patio sits up close and personal with the Stawamus Chief and you can spot all three summits from your table. The menu features favourite pub-style choices plus an abundance of beer on tap. 

13. Best Bike-Parking: RideHub Cafe

Ride to Squamish's only bike-themed cafe and park your bike on the miniature patio. The two-table space is small but satisfying and since the cafe serves mainly grab and go food it's a quick wait to nab an outdoor table. Mingle with other cyclists and enjoy a sandwich and a coffee before heading back on the trails.

14. Best #PatioVibes: Match Eatery & Public House

With epic views of the Stawamus Chief and a stylin' signature patio featuring comfortable table seating, warm woods and outdoor fire tables, Match Eatery & Public House has reopened just in time for patio season. Check out their spring seasonal menu and fun twists on classic cocktails.

15. Best Patio for a Cold Brew: A-Frame Brewing

Get a feel for cabin life as you sit back and chill on A-Frame Brewing's sunny patio, complete with cabin vibes and fire pit for those cooler evenings. Enjoy their German, English or Belgian style beers, fill a growler or order a pour.

16. Best Option for Keeping Cool: The Goat

This downtown patio is great for people watching and catching the afternoon rays. If you need to step inside to cool off, they have a selection of arcade games inside that give you the perfect excuse to head indoors for a moment.

17. Best Local's Secret: Lil Chef Bistro

Known for their incredible scratch made items like english muffics, pastas and meats, the Lil Chef now has an intimate patio for you to enjoy it all on. Find them in Garibaldi Highlands tucked away on Tantalus Road.

 

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Fergie's Cafe at Sunwolf

Howe Sound Brew Pub

Norman Rudy's

Squamish Valley Golf Course

The Copper Coil Still & Grill

The Crabapple Cafe

The Locavore Bar & Grill

The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar

Zephyr Cafe